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IMF describes wage pressure as biggest threat for Estonia’s outlook

Friday, May 25, 2018

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) finds that the outlook for the Estonian economy is positive and growth will continue in the medium term at close to 3.5%, whereas the main risk for the outlook is wage pressure which is not accompanied by growth in productivity, informs LETA/BNS. According to the IMF, external risks for Estonia are balanced in the near term. The current growth rates may prove more lasting than…

Estonian police support Ukrainian colleagues in many fields

Friday, May 25, 2018

Estonia has been providing support to the law enforcement agencies of Ukraine already for many years, spokespeople for the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board have said. “The Police and Border Guard Board is making a contribution as well to enhancing the capabilities of Ukraine in the fight against organized crime and corruption, in border administration and road safety,” Reet Zeisig, head of the office for international cooperation at the…

Lithuania sees China as a priority food product export market

Friday, May 25, 2018

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says that Lithuania is ready to continue its cooperation with China and sees the world’s largest country by population as one of its key agricultural and food product export markets. “The Action Plan signed last year between the Chinese and Lithuanian ministries for agriculture provides a solid basis for the inter-institutional partnership. We are ready to continue the implementation of this plan, to carry out joint…

EU member states begin enforcing General Data Protection Regulation

Friday, May 25, 2018

Starting with Friday, 15 May, all European Union member states start enforcing the General Data Protection Regulation, which provides stricter requirements for personal data processing. As explained by Latvia’s Justice Ministry, this new regulation will combine all requirements for data protection in the EU. It applies to processing, storage, provision to other companies and archiving. The regulation also provides unified rules for all businessmen, regardless of the countries in which…

Green energy becomes more and more attractive for Latvian residents

Thursday, May 24, 2018

As technologies continue developing, the use of green energy gradually becomes more and more attractive to Latvian residents. The majority of respondents note that they may start using biomass (23%), solar batteries (22%) and even wind turbines (13%) in the next ten years, according to results of Baltic International Bank’s latest Latvian Barometer. When asked which form of renewable energy seems the most perspective for Latvia’s national economy, 18% mentioned…

Latvian Saeima gives green light to improve anti-doping regulation

Thursday, May 24, 2018

On Thursday, 24 May, Latvia’s Saeima supported amendments to the Sports Law that provide for improving anti-doping regulation in the country and improve the autonomy of the anti-doping organization through the establishment of Latvian Anti-Doping Bureau, as confirmed by Saeima’s press-service. «Amendments are needed because the World Anti-Doping Agency has found significant problems in Latvia’s anti-doping system and insufficient autonomy of the supervisory institution. This could have a strong impact…

In most European countries life is fair

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

People in most European states think that life is generally “fair”. However, in numerous states citizens have some concerns over income inequality, justice, political decisions, etc. Particularly different opinions are among the citizens in the Baltic States; there are reasons to believe that politicians in the Baltics would take European analysis seriously. The Commission’s science and knowledge service together with the Joint Research Centre (JRC) produced its first Fairness Report prepared at…

Activist groups launch campaign to break up Facebook

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

A coalition of activist groups on Monday (21 May) announced a campaign to break up Facebook, arguing that the huge social network “has too much power over our lives and democracy.” The groups created a website, and a Facebook page, to garner support for a petition to the US Federal Trade Commission to require the social media firm to spin off Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger into competing networks, and to…

Development and financing of strategic transport projects uniting Lithuania and Poland discussed in Vilnius

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Mr. Rokas Masiulis, Minister of Transport and Communications, and Mr. Andrzej Adamczyk, Polish Minister of Infrastructure, today in Vilnius discussed the issues relevant for both countries: development and financing of strategic transport projects uniting Lithuania and Poland, and usage of logistic potential by attracting cargoes from Asia, as well as other issues, says press center of Lithuania’s Ministry of Transport and Communications. “We will be able to develop the key infrastructural projects…

David Beckham praised by fans for shaking hands with policeman at Royal Wedding

Monday, May 21, 2018

He cut a typically slick figure in his morning coat as he arrived at the Royal Wedding with wife Victoria. And now David Beckham, 43, has been praised for highlighting the great work of the police after he stopped to shake hands with a policeman outside the entrance of St. George’s Chapel before the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on Saturday. The former footballer, who attended the royal wedding…